Friday Update – 6 March 2015

This week I highlight new DfE non-statutory advice on the transition to the 0-25 SEND system and plans to improve reading standards in primary schools

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION ADVICE ON THE TRANSITION TO THE NEW 0 TO 25 SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITY SYSTEM
Non-statutory Departmental advice has been produced by the Department for Education to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to the Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional and Saving Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015. Section 8 is specifically intended for schools.

PLANS TO IMPROVE READING STANDARDS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
A new action plan  to help improve reading standards in primary schools, including new funding for book clubs, has been announced by School Reform Minister Nick Gibb to mark World Book Day.

‘Reading the next steps’ outlines new measures, including:

  • a new programme to support up to 200 primary schools, where reading attainment at key stage 2 is currently low, to set up book clubs and promote library membership, to inspire thousands more pupils to develop a love of literature;
  •  urging all primary schools to arrange library membership for all their year 3 pupils (age 7 to 8);
  • boosting the promotion of poetry in schools by funding new resources to help primary teachers to introduce poetry recitation to their pupils at an early age, as well as funding a further year’s extension of the national poetry recitation competition, Poetry by Heart.